Tuesday, January 8, 2008

  • How Do Front-Loading the Primary Calendar and Record Campaign Spending Affect the 2008 Race?

    Clintobamweb

    As candidates make their last-minute push in New Hampshire in the first primary of the 2008 election, we take a look at the "front-loading" of the primary calendar with the New Hampshire and Iowa contests only five days apart and campaign financing — a staggering $400 million spent by the candidates so far. Where’s the money coming from? We speak with Rob Richie of FairVote and Sheila Krumholz of the Center for Responsive Politics. [includes rush transcript]

  • How to Rig an Election: Convicted Former GOP Operative Details 2002 New Hampshire Phone Jamming Scheme

    Randallweb

    We speak with former Republican operative Allen Raymond, who served time in federal prison for jamming phone lines of the New Hampshire Democratic Party in 2002 to block a Democratic get-out-the-vote campaign. Raymond has come out with a tell-all book called How to Rig an Election: Confessions of a Republican Operative. In addition to the phone-jamming scheme, Raymond details other Republican tactics such as the use of scripted, phony automated phone messages to try to play on white voters’ racial prejudices in a 2000 New Jersey congressional race. [includes rush transcript]

  • Student Volunteers for McCain, Paul Campaigns Voice Support for Candidates

    Repstudentsweb

    In New Hampshire, voters have begun casting their ballots in the country’s first primary of the 2008 election. State election officials have predicted a record turnout of more than 500,000 voters. Student volunteers have flooded the state to campaign for their candidates. We speak two students from St. Olaf College who are campaigning for John McCain and Ron Paul. [includes rush transcript]